Welcome to Basement Talk, Leasing Life’s diary page,
filled with the latest gossip and insight on the less visible
aspects of the asset finance industry.


Giant orange

Photograph of Jayne Williams and David Attinger, Attinger JackIt’s rare there is stunned silence at Leasing
. But the latest photo to grace the news desk rendered us
completely at a loss for words.

The story accompanying the photo
explains that ad agency Attinger Jack is to take turnover to £15m
(€16.6m) thanks to an invoice finance facility from Lloyds TSB
Commercial Finance.

However, it’s the photo
accompanying the news that causes confusion.

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This shows Lloyds TSB Commercial
Finance regional manager Jayne Williams smiling alongside Attinger
Jack MD David Attinger, as if it is the most natural thing in the
world that they’re standing beside a giant orange ball.

LL read the press release
again, and then a third time. Nope, no explanation whatsoever.
Vainly we tried to wrap our beleaguered brains around what we were

Giant orange ball.

Giant. Orange. Ball.


The new (white van)

Unexpected news from vehicle
remarketers BCA this month – a rare electric van cropped up at the
company’s Blackbushe auction centre and sold for £10,100

Leasing Life was
momentarily alarmed. Are we to understand, on this basis, that the
cheerily rough-round-the-edges image of the white van man could be
on the wane?

Are the familiar grubby tracksuit
bottoms to be replaced by neatly pressed fair-trade cotton slacks?
No more tea in paper cups, but double tall hand-blended skinny

Based on the photo that came with
the release – probably not.


Photograph of guests at Finance and Leasing DinnerHappy

All smiles at the NetSol table at
the 2011 Finance and Leasing Association dinner.

The leasing software provider was
among a number of high-profile sponsors of the event, which took
place in February this year.

The annual FLA dinner attracts upwards of 1,300 guests and was
this year held at Grosvenor House in London.